Study: Aspirin can lower colorectal cancer risk

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Taking aspirin could lower some women's' chances of getting colorectal cancer.

Researchers from the Women's Health Study assigned nearly 39,000 women either aspirin or a placebo taken on alternate days.

After 18 years they found that the women who consistently took the aspirin had a 20 percent lower incidence of colorectal cancer versus those in the placebo group.

Researchers warn that some of the women taking aspirin showed a minor increase in gastrointestinal bleeding and peptic ulcers, adverse effects of taking the medication.

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